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Why is Q always followed by U? book cover Why is Q Always Followed by U? Irregular English

English has many quirky phrases from around the world. This book explains the meaning and origin of many of the phrases that make English language so rich and versatile.

Picture of Dorian Grey, book cover Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde's Only Novel

Debauchery, Vanity, Pleasure and Cruelty in a Life of Eternal Youth. A century old yet this book echoes today's "Me" generation with its pursuit of perpetual beauty and self fulfilment without facing realities of life or accepting ageing.

A Mess of Iguana, a Whoop of Gorillas - book cover Mess of Iguanas. Whoop of Gorillas; Group Terms

A miscellany of animal facts with emphasis on collective names. It is a useful reference for lovers of the English language or with an interest in the natural world. Many people are fascinated by the collective terms for animals and the name of sounds that animals make.

The Uncommon Reader, book review The Uncommon Reader, Majestic Alan Bennett Tale

The Uncommon Reader/em> is a gentle, wry, story in the established Bennett mould with an underlying comment on literacy and the British attitude to intellectual pursuits.

The Ode Less Travelled, book cover Ode Less Travelled, Stephen Fry's Poetry Guide

Stephen Fry harbours a dark secret which he shares with the reader of The Ode Less Travelled. A reader who follows the course to the end may also end up as a closet poet.

The Diet Delusion, book cover Diet Delusion by Gary Taubes, Bad Health Science

The Diet Delusion reviews the research into obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases of the modern world - the results make uncomfortable reading.

The Adventure of English, book cover The Adventure of English, Melvyn Bragg's History

English is now a global language but how it became so is a fascinating story. There were times when it all but disappeared but miraculously survived and became stronger.

Citrus, A History, book cover Citrus, A History of the Fruits by Pierre Laszlo

Pierre Laszlo is a man of culture as well as being a scientist and it shows through in Citrus, A History which is a story, reference and an enticing literary work. Pierre Laszlo has written Citrus, A History which tells the story of man’s migration of these tasty fruits from the Far East, China in particular, to the Americas.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, book cover Julia Child's Classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Like Elizabeth David, Julia Child popularised French food across the English speaking world. Many cooks have used Mastering the Art of French Cooking as their bible.

Writer's reference book shelves More to Reference Books than Online

Internet changes the nature of reference books. The PC and Internet has created alternatives to reference books and the changes are not slowing. Books are no longer the main source of information for most people.

To the Baltic with Bob, cover To the Baltic with Bob by Griff Rhys Jones

Cover_To_the_Baltic_with_BobGriff Rhys Jones shows both his comic and writing skills in this story of four months and three thousand miles sailing in and around the Baltic and North East Europe.

How to Read Buildings, cover How to Read Buildings

>How to Read Buildings is a compact volume and an ideal companion for anyone interested in understanding the architecture around them either at home or while travelling.

Penguin Companion to Food, book cover Penguin Companion to Food, Ultimate Reference for Cooks and Food-lovers

The Penguin Companion to Food fills a gap that would otherwise require a library of books. Cookery books do not cover the background to food and dishes. Books on the history of food tend to a narrow focus on a specific region or cuisine.

At Elizabeth David's Table, cover At Elizabeth David's Table

I have been reading At Elizabeth David's Table in preparation for writing a review. Reading her articles on food has been inspiring. Her writing on culinary travel and culture, rather than cooking, makes me to want to write more on food and its social and cultural role. I love good food but as an amateur cook of modest skills, I am not equipped to provide cookery advice but I hope I can share the simple pleasures of good food and travel, especially when enjoyed in good company.

Call of the Camino, cover Call of the Camino

Robert Mullen walked the pilgrim's path, the Camino, from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the foothills of the Pyrenees to the shrine of Saint James at Santigo de Compostela. He suggests to a fellow pilgrim that he was motivated to follow the Camino because life, except perhaps for his writing, was too easy and he needed a challenge.

The Confident Creative, cover The Confident Creative, a Drawing Course to Free Hand and Mind

Cat Bennett sets out a novel way of learning to draw. She goes further into art as personal development, self expression, release, relaxation and source of self-confidence.

Getting Unstuck, cover Getting Unstuck, Make a New Start

This book by Timothy Butler is a guide to using crises of confidence as a starting point for making fundamental improvements to one’s life or career. He argues that feeling stuck and doubting oneself is an important opportunity to put life on a new track.

How to get rich, cover How to Get Rich, Learn to Make Money

Felix Dennis suggests anyone who has a genuine compulsion, not just a vague desire, to get rich can do so. How to Get Rich is not a volume of false promises and glib answers like many get rich quick books. Following the advice will be hard work but for the committed it will be worthwhile.

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